Relaxing Weekend? Might Actually Feel Worse on Monday

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What’s your idea of the perfect weekend? Probably something quiet or relaxing to help you unwind and decompress from the numerous stresses you may face at work, home or anywhere else. That should help recharge your batteries for work Monday morning, right?

According to a new study, wrong! StubHub held an online poll of over 2,000 people, who reported on their mindset at work on Monday mornings and how their weekends affected it. The people who stuffed their weekends with social activities typically felt like they actually had a full weekend, while those who relaxed the whole time felt more like the weekend flew by.

The key to this, according to the study, is creating memories. In a way, our brains measure time in memories, not necessarily minutes and seconds. So a memory-filled weekend is likely to feel like it lasted longer than something more uneventful, even if they both actually lasted the same amount.

According to the same study, we might feel more rested from a busy weekend but it won’t necessarily make us more productive – one in ten people said they are less productive at work after eventful weekends. We might want to lay off those booze-filled Sunday nights.

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